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Listen in as Pastor Tom Regan continues our series RISK with The Risk to Share. Following Jesus is risky. Being led by the Spirit is risky. The very idea of taking a risk can keep us from answering God’s call upon our hearts. Despite us following and getting to know the Name Above All Names—Jesus—what keeps us falling back on sharing His grace and truth? Listen as Pastor Tom Regan dives in on The Risk to Share in Mark 5.

Small Group Questions

1. What’s something you tend to share with others (e.g. funny videos, foodie pictures, what you did last weekend)? Why do we share these things?

2. Read Mark 5:18–20. Why was this man so compelled to immediately share what Jesus had done for him?

3. How does Jesus’ command to this man to “go” and “tell” undercut all the excuses we might give for not sharing with others how much the Lord has done for us?

4. Can you think of practical ways in conversation to connect your story of what God’s done in your life, to God’s Gospel story of salvation in Christ?

5. Tell of a time when you took the risk to share about God’s goodness and mercy with someone who didn’t know Jesus. How did you feel during and after the conversation?

6. Pray for the conviction to share Jesus with others, also that we’d invite many to our Easter services, and that when they hear about Jesus they’ll resond to him.

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Listen in as Pastor Tom Regan continues our series RISK with The Risk to Share. Following Jesus is risky. Being led by the Spirit is risky. The very idea of taking a risk can keep us from answering God’s call upon our hearts. Despite us following and getting to know the Name Above All Names—Jesus—what keeps us falling back… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series RISK with The Risk to Pray. Following Jesus is risky. Being led by the Spirit is risky. And with that, praying is risky. God hears and takes prayer seriously—Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores prayer and the power it takes to take on The Risk to Pray through Colossians 4:2–6.

Small Group Questions

1. How did you or your family handle prayer when you were growing up? How does that influence your prayer life today?

2. Read Colossian 4:2–3. In what ways is prayer a risky thing? Are you willing to pray the prayer Jonathan challenged us with this weekend? How might it change your week?

3. We all know prayer is a good thing. What keeps you from making prayer a bigger part of your life? How will you overcome those obstacles?

4. Read Colossians 4:5–6. How does this verse impact how you interact with others when discussing controversial topics (online or in person)?

5. Who are you praying to invite this Easter? Share the name(s) with your group. Spend time praying specifically for each name.

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series RISK with The Risk to Pray. Following Jesus is risky. Being led by the Spirit is risky. And with that, praying is risky. God hears and takes prayer seriously—Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores prayer and the power it takes to take on The Risk… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series RISK with The Risk to Go. Following Jesus is risky. Being led by the Spirit is risky. But often, that risk is something we want to stay away from. But when God calls us up to the plate, how do we overcome the objections in our hearts? Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores how to make The Risk to Go in Acts 13.

Small Group Questions

1. Did you take any risks this week? If so, share the experience with your group. If not, why not? (examples: opportunity didn’t present itself, didn’t think about it, chickened out, etc.)

2. Jonathan talked about three objections to going. Which of those objections have you used in your life? How will you overcome these objections?

3. Have any members of your group been on a cross-cultural mission experience? Tell your group how it impacted you or what you learned.

4. Making an impact locally: what has your group done to serve locally in the last year? What plans do you have to serve in the next few months? Consider planning something before the end of the school year. Who in the group will organize that effort?

5. Making an impact globally: review the global gift catalog. How could your group be part of this opportunity?

6. In the message, Jonathan challenged us to write down one local or global area we would explore. What did you write down? What will you do to learn more or get involved in this area?

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series RISK with The Risk to Go. Following Jesus is risky. Being led by the Spirit is risky. But often, that risk is something we want to stay away from. But when God calls us up to the plate, how do we overcome the objections in our hearts? Listen in as… Continue reading →

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Happy first day of Spring! Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander begins our new series RISK with The God of Risk. Following Jesus is risky. Being led by the Spirit is risky. Getting involved and invested in the lives of those around us is risky. But our God is a God of Risk, intent on using us outside of our comfort zones to make an impact for Jesus. Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores The God of Risk in Luke 9: 23–25.

Small Group Questions

1. Are you a risk-taker by nature? Tell your group about the biggest risk you ever took. What happened?

2. How has “spiritual chronic fatigue syndrome” crept into your life? How are you dealing with it right now? How have you overcome it in the past?

3. Read Luke 9:23–25. In what ways is following Jesus a life of risk? Tell your group about a spiritual risk you’ve taken or are taking in your life.

4. How do your misconceptions about God keep us from taking risks?

5. Read John 12:23–26. What may be one or two risks God is calling you to take right now? In what ways are you reluctant or nervous about taking these risks?

6. Do you have your chip with you? (Stop by the Reception Desk if you didn’t get one this weekend). Who are you praying about inviting to Easter at Northshore? Carry your chip with you each day to remind you to pray for that person and for opportunities to invite others to hear about Jesus.

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Happy first day of Spring! Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander begins our new series RISK with The God of Risk. Following Jesus is risky. Being led by the Spirit is risky. Getting involved and invested in the lives of those around us is risky. But our God is a God of Risk, intent on using us outside of our… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series The Way Forward with A Long Obedience. Many times in life when we find ourselves stuck, God’s redemptive and restoring power pulls us out in a supernatural way. But when the mountaintop experience settles and reality hits, how do we respond? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores A Long Obedience in Exodus 15–18.

Small Group Questions

1. Tell your group about a spiritual mountaintop experience in your life. Why did it impact you so much? How long did the “spiritual high” last?

2. Read Exodus 16:1–2. Are you facing any situations or struggles that are tempting you to grumble? How do you deal with this temptation?

3. Read Exodus 16:11–16. How have you seen God supernaturally provide for your needs? Share an example with your group.

4. Read Luke 8:4–15. What is the condition of your heart right now? Of the three responses Jonathan talked about this weekend, which is most common in your life?

5. Read Luke 9:23. What habits help you keep your heart receptive to God each day? How can your group help you in those habits? How can you help others?

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series The Way Forward with A Long Obedience. Many times in life when we find ourselves stuck, God’s redemptive and restoring power pulls us out in a supernatural way. But when the mountaintop experience settles and reality hits, how do we respond? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores A Long Obedience in Exodus… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series The Way Forward with The Power of God. Many times in life we find ourselves stuck, only to have powerful examples of God’s redemptive and restoring power. But when we’re stuck, we’re much like the Isrealites—it’s easy for us to loose sight of how God has worked through our lives despite His powerful displays of affection and rescue. Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores The Power of God in Exodus 11–14.

Small Group Questions

1. Tell your group about some special memento you have that reminds you of a significant event or accomplishment in your life. Why is it so meaningful to you?

2. Read Exodus 11:4–7. Many people struggle with the brutality of this plague. How would you respond to someone who asks how a good God could bring such
a plague?

3. Read John 1:29. Compare our salvation with the Exodus story. How does knowing the Exodus and Passover story add to your understanding of what God has done?

4. Read 14:10–14. The Israelites have just seen God’s power in spectacular ways but they still doubt He can deliver them. How have you done this in your life? What obstacle do you fear right now? How can this story strengthen your faith?

5. What tangible reminder would help you commemorate what God has done in your life?

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series The Way Forward with The Power of God. Many times in life we find ourselves stuck, only to have powerful examples of God’s redemptive and restoring power. But when we’re stuck, we’re much like the Isrealites—it’s easy for us to loose sight of how God has worked through our lives… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series The Way Forward with Battle for the Heart. When we’re stuck, sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. When it gets worse, and the pressure and stress mounts, how do you respond? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander dives in on The Battle for the Heart in Exodus 5–10.

Small Group Questions

1. What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last year? What made it so memorable?

2. Read Exodus 5:6–9. For the people of God, things seem to get worse before they get better. How have you seen this happen in your life?

3. Read Exodus 5:22–23. Everyone wrestles with doubt and discouragement from time to time, especially when the pressure is on. What experience in your life or situation in the world has caused you to question your faith? How did you deal with this?

4. Have there been times you tried to bargain with God or “do good things,” trying to force Him to do what you want? What did you learn through that experience?

5. Read Exodus 6:2–8. In the midst of their battle, God reminded Moses and the people of His promises. What promises of God mean the most to you right now? (examples: Matthew 11:28–29; Philippians 4:19; John 14:27; Romans 8:37–39; Romans 10:9)

Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series The Way Forward with Battle for the Heart. When we’re stuck, sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. When it gets worse, and the pressure and stress mounts, how do you respond? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander dives in on The Battle for the Heart in Exodus 5–10. Small… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Wolfgang continues our series The Way Forward with Defining Moments. After trying to get unstuck his way, Moses only finds that things are worse. Where he thought he could change the circumstances, he found himself hiding in the desert. It wasn’t until Moses’ defining moment when he turned to God that he was able to become unstuck. Through this we learn that the way forward is more than just getting unstuck, but is about the defining moment that we release it all to God and begin the process of moving forward. Listen this week as we explore God’s defining moment in Exodus 3–4.

Small Group Questions

1. If you could compete and medal in any Olympic sport (winter or summer games), which would you choose and why?

2. Moses’ defining moment came when he took a moment from his routine to hear from God. How do you do this in your life? Share ideas about how to create these moments in your life.

3. Moses held five objections that held him back from God’s calling. Which of these has held you back from doing what you sense God is calling you to do?

4. Do you find it difficult to accept grace? How have you struggled with this?

5. What from your past has kept you from getting unstuck and following what God has in mind for you? What might it take to cut it loose?

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Wolfgang continues our series The Way Forward with Defining Moments. After trying to get unstuck his way, Moses only finds that things are worse. Where he thought he could change the circumstances, he found himself hiding in the desert. It wasn’t until Moses’ defining moment when he turned to God that he was… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series The Way Forward with Doing it My Way. Getting stuck is annoying, painful, and tiring. When we look for a way out, rather than reliance on God and His guidance, in our impatience, foolishness, and pride we often convince ourselves that our way is better, that God somehow in His immense love and power will not be able to save us from our circumstances. Listen as we explore Exodus 2 and find how God’s way is truly better.

Small Group Questions

1. Did you do the “Where am I stuck?” challenge this past week? Did another person offer any insight into where you might be stuck? Be willing to share a place where you’re stuck.

2. Have you ever taken matters into your own hands while trying to fix something or even trying to fix something in your life? Share an example and how it turned out.

3. Are you more like Jochebed (God’s way) or Moses (Our way) when you’re stuck? What does this look like in
your life?

4. What might God want to teach you in “the school of the desert” (Moses’ Midian) in this season of your life?

5. How can we pray for God to show that He is good and powerful in the place where you might be stuck?

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series The Way Forward with Doing it My Way. Getting stuck is annoying, painful, and tiring. When we look for a way out, rather than reliance on God and His guidance, in our impatience, foolishness, and pride we often convince ourselves that our way is better, that God somehow in… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander kicks off our new series The Way Forward with Getting Stuck. Getting stuck at any point in life is annoying, painful, and tiring. Whether it’s in your relationships, finances, or your time, often we lose patience and want to do it our own way—we want control. But in His love and power, God invites us to journey with Him through the ups and downs and to follow where and how He leads. Join us this week as we begin our new series The Way Forward and take a deeper look at Exodus 1.

Small Group Questions

1. At times we find ourselves stuck because of our own actions. At other times we are stuck because of the actions of others. Which is harder to deal with? What is unique about each?

2. Share an example of a time you were stuck, but responded with rationalization. What was the result? Did things get better or worse?

3. Read Exodus 1:15–22. When have you been stuck and you responded with resistance? What motivated you to make a change? What did you learn?

4. Read Psalm 40:1–5. Tell about a time God delivered you when you were stuck. Spend some time thanking God for this freedom.

5. Where do you feel stuck right now? What are you hoping God will do through this series? Spend some time praying that God will bring freedom for all who need it through this series.

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander kicks off our new series The Way Forward with Getting Stuck. Getting stuck at any point in life is annoying, painful, and tiring. Whether it’s in your relationships, finances, or your time, often we lose patience and want to do it our own way—we want control. But in His love and power, God… Continue reading →